I am native Brit who is enjoying learning how to be Texan! Missing my bees from back home I joined Trinity Valley Beekeepers to have contact with fellow enthusiasts. I was drawn to top bar beekeeping and had up to 3 hives back in the UK.
I have managed to make every mistake in the book (ask me about the swarm of bees loose in a moving car!) and love the fact there is always something new to learn.
Matthew is married to Lara Guerra (the club’s first VP) and has two children. A former beekeeper, he had to stop for health reasons. He has been a member of the Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association since its re-inception by Alan Eynon and has been an active participant in the club since then.
Christi Baughman began beekeeping over 15 years ago. Like many novice beekeepers, she started with just a few
hives in her backyard. It wasn't long, however, that Christi recognized her knack for raising healthy bees,
and began to grow her hives and business into beegirl.biz.
Having grown up in North Dakota and currently living in Texas, Christi realized she had access to two prime beekeeping locations in the US. North Dakota has the highest honey production in the entire country due to its thousands of acres of blooming crops throughout the summer, while east Texas is home to wintered bees thanks to its temperate climate and abundance of spring pollen. These two locations have led beegirl.biz to become a full-time operation which includes raising nucs and bees, producing North Dakota honey, pollinating almonds in California, and teaching beekeeping classes.
Christi is an active Board Member of the Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association, a North Texas Master Naturalist, a member of North Dakota Beekeepers Association, and a member of the Texas Beekeepers Association.
Pat is married to his wife Eva. He lived and was raised in Kentucky. Pat spent 48 years working for the bell system before retiring.
I got into beekeeping probably because of my memories of my father doing it.
Jerry has several apiaries in Dallas and Collin counties. He is the winner of the Trinity Valley Beekeepers Best Honey of 2022 contest (pictured above). Jerry is a Texas Master Beekeeping Program at Texas A&M Advanced Beekeeper.
Earl Rich and I entered our honey in the tasting contest for many years and we finally won. NEVER GIVE UP! I have a passion for teaching about bees and visiting other beekeeper's apiaries.